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  • #21
    Route two is kind of inconsequential, It was going to be East on Hwy 2 thru Sandpoint, Left on Riverside St in Bonners Ferry, becomes 18/West Side Rd, Right on 45, Right on 1, Right/South on 95, Left on 2, Just passed Troy take a Left on 56, Right on 200, Left on 95 back in Sandpoint, Right on Dufort Rd, Right on Wisconsin and back to Priest River.

    If we were staying in Colville we could keep ride one and do this below for ride 2.

    East on 3rd St. out of Colville, Left on Aladdin Rd, Right on Fir, becomes Silver Crown, becomes 4th, Right on Center Ave/25., Left on Northport Flat Creek/4005, Right on 395, Left on Boulder Creek/61, Left on 21, Left on Bridge Creek/2, Left on Inchelium Kettle Falls Rd/3, Right on 20, Right on 20, Right on 395 back to Colville. BUT BETTER

    Better ride 2
    Leave Colville West on 20 to Tonasker, Left on 97/20, Left on 155 at Omak, Left on D St in Omak, Left on 10th, Right on C St, becomes Cache Creek, Left on 21, Right on Bridge Creek/2, Left on Inchelium Kettle Falls Rd/3, Right on 20, Right on 20, Right on 395 back to Colville.
    Better ride 2 has lines on the roads, that first ride two is a lot of forest service roads.
    It's not that life is so short, it's just that you're dead for so long.---unknown.

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    • #22
      All rides are about 240 miles each.
      It's not that life is so short, it's just that you're dead for so long.---unknown.

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      • #23
        Ride #1 is in my wheelhouse. Remember the project that kept me from this year's ride? It's in Metaline Falls. I'm up there ten days out of twelve about now. Just my route from one project to the other is totally enjoyable, Highway 2 to MF, 135 miles and 2.5 hours each way. Tons of deer and turkey on the roads, however, and we had a bear in our yard a few weeks ago. Covers the Columbia River, Pend O'Reille River, and more.

        Another (highway) option would be Stevens Pass (Highway 2) and North Cascades Highway loop. Gorgeous. Covers the Bavarian town of Leavenworth and old-west towns of Twisp and Winthrop.

        The ride from Colville to Ione over Tiger Pass is a nice one. Bring your fishing pole... Lots of lakes but mostly forest.

        We could serve lunch at one of our places in Metaline Falls, if we don't sell by then! Great side run would be up to the town of Nelson, BC, in Canada. Metaline Falls is 12 miles from the border. Nelson is a cool little town in a gorgeous setting on a lake, essentially established by Vietnam draft-dodgers in the 60's/70's. Trendy little culture. If you want to do Canada, any items you didn't want to cross the border with, such as firearms, could be left at our place. A good ride would be to cross the border above Metaline falls, then west through Canada to the border crossing on the Kettle River (a favorite trout stream of mine) then back down toward Colville or continue south along the Columbia River before cutting back over further south.

        July can be hot, but rain up there can come most any day. Metaline Falls is where they filmed much of the Kevin Costner flick, 'The Postman', with one of the river scenes shot virtually from our back yard. Sullivan Lake is a nice ride as well, from Metaline Falls up to the lake and down through Ione, but can also ride south along the river and around the general area from there as well.

        I think about doing rides up there all the time. Great roads and gorgeous scenery. I used to live near Priest River in the 70's, outside Sandpoint, near Dufort Road. Passed through again a few months ago.

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        • MikeyC
          MikeyC commented
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          My wife lived there in the 70's and early 80's Do you know a Jenetta? or the Gans family. Bernice worked at the corner kitchen and down town cafe as a waitress. Bill Bartells was Jenetta's uncle.

        • MidnightRide
          MidnightRide commented
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          MikeyC , she lived in Metaline Falls or Colville? We've met a lot of people in MF but Colville's 45 miles west so we don't know many there. We bought up there in 2018.

        • MikeyC
          MikeyC commented
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          They were in Priest River off Old Priest River Rd

      • #24
        Here's the town of Metaline Falls taken from Washington Rock above the town. Highway 31 runs up the right side of the river (Pend O'Reille River), and Sullivan Lake is beyond the hills on the left side of the pic. The historic Washington Hotel has plenty of rooms, but it's old-school hotel style, with shared bathrooms/showers down the hall and pretty cheap rates. Right on Main St (5th Ave) and a block from our projects. Bike parking right on the street. Much of the Costner movie was filmed right there.


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        The next shot is from our back yard. Early risers are welcome to hike the trail down our bank and catch their share of Smallmouth Bass and a variety of trout.

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        Here's a shot from below our place mid-summer when the water level was down. The bridge is the road into town.

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        • MikeyC
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          Nice pics! Thank you for sharing. Will you be able to ride with us?

        • MidnightRide
          MidnightRide commented
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          Lord willing and the creek don't rise, we'll find a way to join in next year if it's anywhere in the area. Plenty of routes and after-the-ride side-runs (15-30 miles) all around.

      • #25
        Count me in!

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        • #26
          I live in Post Falls, Idaho. The white horse saloon is in spirit lake, roughly 20 miles from priest river. Little bitty hotel.

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          • #27
            As for a place to stay in Colville, how bout Benny's Colville Motel. Looks like it has plenty of room.
            It's not that life is so short, it's just that you're dead for so long.---unknown.

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            • #28
              Hey MikeyC and all. Would you mind if I cross post this in my Cascade Riders group. We usually bring down 4 riders ish from Washington. Dave

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              • MikeyC
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                That would be ok

              • YamaDave
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                Thank you sir. Done

            • #29
              Originally posted by MikeyC View Post
              As for a place to stay in Colville, how bout Benny's Colville Motel. Looks like it has plenty of room.
              I thought the plan was Priest River?

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              • MikeyC
                MikeyC commented
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                We could stick with Priest River, Some one mentioned Hwy 20 is an awesome ride and Colville put us in the middle of Hwy 20. First ride would take us thru Priest River I think and second ride would take us the other way.But we're still in the planning stages so nothing is set in stone yet.

            • #30
              I could make plenty of suggestions, but I'm not quite sure what you guys are looking for in a ride. You mention Forest Service roads. As in DIRT roads? Not something I seek out on my RS.

              Is it scenery, twisty roads, quality pavement, low traffic, one road vs. many, away from all forms of civilization, or ???

              Newport's a cool little town with plenty of motels and restaurants; the county seat. Oldtown, ID is just across the river. Just over an hour north along the Pend O'Reille river to the Canadian border, through Metaline Falls, about 1.5 hours to Colville, not far to Priest River and Sandpoint, ID, or west to some little towns such as Springdale and others. Lots of loops to make from there through a ton of wilderness.

              There's a great motel on the river in Ione, WA, which is 22 miles from Canada and about 35 miles from Colville, 45 minutes north of Newport. But that motel only has about a dozen rooms, with a few other motels in the area. Fishing on their dock and free kayaks available to guests. It's our family member's favorite motel. I think rooms are about $75.

              The bottom line is that there are a lot of great kickoff points, with each having several options for riding. Once a base has been nailed down, I can recommend some routes from there.

              LMK what you're looking for in a group ride.

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              • MikeyC
                MikeyC commented
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                I think the favorite is twisty roads with scenery. The forest service roads we ride are paved but a lot of times no lines. They tend to be slower speeds. And I have messed up, usually a couple of times a year we end up on gravel All though haven't done it with the Road Star group

              • Jaybo
                Jaybo commented
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                Midnight, now that Steve and Mike has nailed down what we are looking for and have done in the past, We would love your input on what town to base at, and research hotels too! Hell, plan out the rides or give us options on rides would be great. It sounds like you really know the area well and your assistance would be incredibly helpful.

            • #31
              Count me in !

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              • #32
                Midnight, here is what we generally try to do. We try to find an inexpensive but clean motel to serve as our base camp so that we can unload most of our gear and do day rides out of it. If there are facilities at the motel for a barbecue, large group seating, swimming pool or bikini washers, then that is a plus. We like to have everybody in the same motel with reasonable food options nearby. We do group rides on Friday and Saturday anywhere between 225 and 275 mi each. We prefer a loop rather than an out and back, but an out and back is not a deal breaker. We prefer low traffic, good asphalt roads, sweepers and twisties and great scenery. We try to minimize any freeway riding. We ride at a spirited pace but not anything outrageous that would be uncomfortable for less experienced riders. Not a race, just a nice scenic leisurely ride. We usually have a mix of cruisers and adventure bikes. Usually 16 to 20 bikes with three or four passengers. A spot or two along the way to stop for a view or a snack or lunch is always good. Since this will be our 9th year, we have done many mountain, canyon, coastal and river side rides.

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                • #33
                  Originally posted by Shores View Post
                  Midnight, here is what we generally try to do. We try to find an inexpensive but clean motel to serve as our base camp so that we can unload most of our gear and do day rides out of it. If there are facilities at the motel for a barbecue, large group seating, swimming pool or bikini washers, then that is a plus. We like to have everybody in the same motel with reasonable food options nearby. We do group rides on Friday and Saturday anywhere between 225 and 275 mi each. We prefer a loop rather than an out and back, but an out and back is not a deal breaker. We prefer low traffic, good asphalt roads, sweepers and twisties and great scenery. We try to minimize any freeway riding. We ride at a spirited pace but not anything outrageous that would be uncomfortable for less experienced riders. Not a race, just a nice scenic leisurely ride. We usually have a mix of cruisers and adventure bikes. Usually 16 to 20 bikes with three or four passengers. A spot or two along the way to stop for a view or a snack or lunch is always good. Since this will be our 9th year, we have done many mountain, canyon, coastal and river side rides.
                  Wow, what a perfect description! Good work Steve!
                  2000 Roadstar 1600 - BAK, Pumpless, Curt's manifold, Mikuni HSR42 Freedom Combat Pipes Jumbo Strong bags, PPG 'HellFire' Paint.

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                  • MikeyC
                    MikeyC commented
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                    +1 on Jaybos comment. Well said.

                • #34
                  Excellent.

                  I've packaged the above into my brain and condensed it all to the best options.

                  Anne and I ran down to Portland, OR, and back on Sunday, and had plenty of time to brainstorm about base camp and ride routes. We contacted some motels and that eliminated some of our top preferences due to lacking enough rooms. We're still checking. No problem finding awesome loops, or routes with minimal overlapping. Colville is a good central location, and if we can put a partial loop up through Canada then it's even more palatable. But Canada has COVID and vaccine restrictions with no guarantee that they'll be altered or lifted by next summer. That washes that out. Everyone would need a passport or enhanced driver's license (from select states such as Washington).

                  How many rooms do you think we need minimum for our hotel? I'm thinking 20? Even a town like Republic would be a great base location. Further west would be the towns of Twisp and Winthrop, both western theme towns. Those are the gateway for the famed North Cascades Highway. Wenatchee and Chelan are good as well, with much of the riding along the massive Columbia River.

                  Let me know on the motel rooms needed and I'll build from there. Thanks for the great input.

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                  • #35
                    20 rooms is probably enough. We have always avoided going into Canada because we feel that requiring riders to have an enhanced driver's license or passport would reduce the number of participants. If we ride through Republic, we need to look up Loren Culp and party with him.

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                    • #36
                      Ditto on Loren Culp! It's definitely Culp country all over Eastern Washington, with many signs still hanging proudly. We were up in Republic a while back and wanted to stop in the police station just to thank him for taking a stand. Just GETTING TO Republic is a nice ride!

                      I have a couple of ideas on motels. Let me do some checking.

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                      • #37
                        All right Midnight! Great to have you on board
                        It's not that life is so short, it's just that you're dead for so long.---unknown.

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                        • #38
                          OK, so I did some checking and had to eliminate a couple of the places I had in mind due to lack of rooms. But I did come up with a few options that work.

                          My vote would go to being based out of Colville or Republic, with Omak as a possibility as well. All have places with enough rooms and affordable prices, with Omak blowing the others away at $38 a night. Colville's a nice little town but I didn't do a deep dive for room prices yet, though it seems they run $70+ from a quick scan. Colville is also a great base for some nice rides.

                          But Republic also is a great base, and it has rooms at $59 a night with around 20 rooms total at a kind of cheesy little place with an awesome view over the town and lake. I believe the town may have (small) casinos as well. We've been through that town a number of times and the scenery and roads around there are gorgeous. Lots of twisty mountain roads. There are also a couple of free ferry rides across the Columbia River, and we'll surely be running one or both over the weekend.

                          Of course we can also party with Chief Loren Culp. I could run up there and do a pre-check of the hotel and such, no problem. I'd have to call to make sure enough rooms are available for our date. They offer senior and AAA discounts, according to their website.

                          Here's a link to the motel:

                          http://klondike-motel.com/

                          If you guys generally feel that this would be a good kickoff point, LMK and I'll lay out a few prospective rides. There are some naughty mountain passes within reach that are definitely in the loop.

                          There are two other motels in town, both look pretty fun, but rooms in one start at $80+ a night and the other at $100. Those have even more rooms than the Klondike, impressive for such a small town.

                          Colville's a great kickoff as well, pending room prices. Tons of rides within reach.

                          Omak is further west. It offers the Bavarian town of Leavenworth, Old West towns of Twisp and Winthrop, historic Grand Coulee Dam (largest structure on the planet when it was built), Wenatchee (apple capital of the world), Lake Chelan, Columbia River, etc., with nice scenic riding but not as many twisties.

                          Here's a map showing where Republic's located, between Omak and Colville. You'll see Colville to the east and Omak a bit to the SW. Plenty of awesome riding from all three of those towns.

                          https://www.google.com/maps/place/Re...4d-118.7378067

                          All three towns would get my vote, but my first suggestion would probably be Republic.

                          Let me know and I'll propose some routes. We may even be able to schedule lunch in at one of our places along a route. Anne says she's up for it...

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                          • #39
                            Thanks Midnight for your work on this. We had cheesy last year so I’d prefer better, but it is all about the rides. Off freeway sweepers with great scenery is my vote. I’m not familiar with the area so will rely on other riders input. None of these prices are bad. We paid $53 last year but it was cheesy. Any motels with bbq facilities?

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                            • #40
                              Originally posted by Shores View Post
                              Thanks Midnight for your work on this. We had cheesy last year so I’d prefer better, but it is all about the rides. Off freeway sweepers with great scenery is my vote. I’m not familiar with the area so will rely on other riders input. None of these prices are bad. We paid $53 last year but it was cheesy. Any motels with bbq facilities?
                              OK, I wasn't sure how much of a priority 'low rates' were in a motel, so I started with that. The Klondike may be a decent place, I don't know, but the rooms don't look too impressive. Two other motels in Republic look to be much more appealing. But I have somewhere else in mind as well.

                              Let me do this before we attempt to nail something down. I'm assuming we'll need 10-15 rooms minimum. I have a couple places in mind with fewer than 20 rooms but with another motel across the street, for example. So I'll have to make some calls.

                              But in calling, I need a little more info. Generally, I'm assuming we'll be dropping in on Friday the 15th of July and checking out on Sunday the 17th. Is that correct? Or since we're making a Friday ride, will most be checking in on Thursday? What's the usual pattern and about how many can we predict for each night, assuming max capacity for us would be 15 rooms, as an example? Do some head home on Saturday, or do most leave Sunday morning? I have a particular place in mind that checks all the boxes, but we may be maxxing it out. I'll share that after I give them a call today. Essentially we'd be doing a 'takeover' and have all of their facilities to ourselves, including BBQ area, private boat dock, etc. I'd like to get them to reserve the entire place to us for our entire stay. They'll have no problem booking any rooms we don't fill.

                              Just need a general idea. I know this place books a few rooms months in advance for engineering and utility companies, for example. Rooms run $75-90 and they're pretty decent.

                              What's the typical pattern for our room rentals?

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                              • Jaybo
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                                We usually get in on Thursday so we can be ready for our Friday ride first thing. We stay until Sunday but there could always be that person that doesn't. Great work!

                              • MidnightRide
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                                Excellent. Thanks Jaybo!

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